Beer #16 - Islander IPA / Coronado Brewing Co.

 Beer #16 - W/C 15 June 2015


20 years ago Ron and Rick Chapman were two brothers with a shared passion for great beer. Unlike today, it was once hard to find a good beer in San Diego. They decided to do their bit by opening a small neighbourhood brew pub in their hometown on Coronado Island. The beers they produced in small batches quickly gained renown with Islander IPA and Mermaid Red being integral to the birth of the West Coast style. These days Coronado brew 40,000 barrels of beer a year meaning we don't need to take the ferry to Coronado island to try it.


Islander IPA is the original IPA from Coronado and has won numerous awards including a gold at the 2014 Beer World Cup. The slightly higher abv. of 7% and malt body provide a base for the trio of hops. There are dominant pine resin notes as well as citrus and stone fruit. This beer is all about the tropical, spicy hops which give a slight oiliness. Islander is a great example of a classic, West coast American IPA. Best enjoyed with some beef jerky and your favourite Kevin Bacon film. 

BREWERY // Coronado Brewing Company
BEER // Islander IPA
STYLE // American India Pale Ale
ORIGIN // Coronado Island, San Diego. California
ABV // 7%
IBU // 75
GRAIN // 2-Row, Cara, Munich
HOPS // Columbus, Centennial, Chinook
YEAST //  Cal Ale
TEMPERATURE // Cool- around 7-10C
FOOD MATCH // Cured meats. Sharp cheddar cheese. Banff pie.
GLASS // IPA Glass, Snifter, Pilsner

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